Williamston police dispatch no longer taking calls

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Starting today (Tuesday, Apr. 23) at 7 p.m., police dispatch services for the Town of Williamston will be transferred to the Anderson County 911 Center. Citizens should call 911 for Police, Fire or EMS services.

According to Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor, calls to the Williamston Police Department will no longer be answered by a Williamston Police Dispatcher. Instead, calls made to the department will go to the consolidated dispatch center also known as the Anderson County Emergency Services or Anderson County 911 Center.

In the past, for non-emergency issues, Williamston residents were asked to call the non-emergency phone number (864) 847-7425. Beginning Tuesday, if calling the general administrative phone number, the call will be answered by an Anderson County Telecommunicator who will be able to provide assistance as well, Taylor said.

In addition to dispatching for Williamston, the Anderson County 911 Center personnel also dispatch Police, Sheriff, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services for the cities and communities of Anderson, Belton, Honea Path, Iva, and all rural areas of Anderson County. The citizens of Anderson County are provided quick access to emergency services by a team of 50 personnel, Taylor said.

The Town of Williamston recently approved the change as a cost cutting measure. Four jailer/dispatcher positions have been eliminated.